Having anxiety means feeling worried or fearful. You might worry about things like school, family problems, or issues with your friends. You might feel fearful of something bad happening to yourself or someone you care about, or you might worry about getting a bad grade on a test.
It’s normal to feel anxiety about stressors that might come up in your daily life. When anxiety becomes too intense, or you feel it for a long period of time, like days or weeks, then you might have an anxiety disorder.
There are several types of anxiety disorders, including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder, and various phobias.
You can feel anxiety in two different ways:
Often times, anxious thoughts can cause your body to feel those anxious sensations. For instance, if you think about standing up in front of your class next week to give a presentation, your heart rate might go up or your palms might get sweaty. Mental and physical anxiety is often linked in this way—anxious thoughts can lead to anxious feelings.
There are treatments that can help you feel better if you struggle with anxiety. Telling a parent, teacher, or school counselor is important so you can get the support you need.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder that causes excessive anxiety and worry about many different events or activities in your life. For instance, you might worry a lot about your school performance or maybe you worry about something bad happening to someone in your family. People with Generalized Anxiety Disorder tend to worry a lot about the future, meaning that you might worry about a test you have to take in two weeks or you might worry about starting high school next year.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder not only causes all these worry-filled thoughts, but it can also cause the following issues: